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Happy Birthday–December 12

Phenomenal Smith (1864)
Tully Sparks (1874)
Buzzie Bavasi (1915)
Clyde Kluttz (1917)
Ralph Garr (1945)
Gorman Thomas (1950)
Steve Farr (1956)
Alonzo Powell (1964)
Orlando Hudson (1977)
Ervin Santana (1982)

Emil "Buzzie" Bavasi was the general manager of the Dodgers from 1951-1968, San Diego from 1969-1972, and the Angels from 1977-1984.

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Happy Birthday–December 12

Phenomenal Smith (1864)
Tully Sparks (1874)
Buzzie Bavasi (1915)
Clyde Kluttz (1917)
Ralph Garr (1945)
Gorman Thomas (1950)
Steve Farr (1956)
Alonzo Powell (1964)
Orlando Hudson (1977)
Ervin Santana (1982)

Emil "Buzzie" Bavasi was the general manager of the Dodgers from 1951-1968, San Diego from 1969-1972, and the Angels from 1977-1984.

Continue reading Happy Birthday–December 12

Game the Penultimate: Reds @ Twins

We're almost to the end of this nutty season.

I had a lot of skepticism at the onset that this season was wise or even possible to complete. Credit where it's due: they did it. Sixty (or in some cases, very nearly sixty) games in the books. Weird books, they are, too. The Orioles were in contention until a couple of weeks ago. The freaking MARLINS actually made the playoffs.

Some people will undoubtedly dismiss this season as a freak show -- an exhibition that shouldn't have happened, or one that in some way counts for less than a normal, full, 162 game season.

Not me, though.

Old favorite Ervin Santana utilizes his Twitter feed to encourage everyone to #SMELLBASEBALL. To feel it. To let it deep into your bones. In July, I was skeptical, but man... This year, I smelled baseball.

I don't know what happens from here. There's reason for optimism, there's reason for pessimism. For now, we get a chance to dwell on the best sport there is.

Go Twins!

Random Rewind: 2017, Game Sixty-two


Date:  Wednesday, June 14.

Batting stars:  Byron Buxton was 3-for-3 with a home run (his fourth), a double, and two stolen bases (his eleventh and twelfth).  Miguel Sano was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixteenth.  Eduardo Escobar was 2-for-4 with a home run, his sixth.

Pitching stars:  Matt Belisle struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.  Taylor Rogers pitched two perfect innings and struck out one.

Opposition stars:  Ben Gamel was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Robinson Cano was 3-for-5.  Danny Valencia was 2-for-5.  Jarrod Dyson was 2-for-5.  Mitch Haniger was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (his fifth) and a walk.  Mike Zunino was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer, his sixth.

The game: Gamel led off the game with a single and Haniger followed with a two-run homer, putting the Mariners up 2-0 two batters into the game.  They loaded the bases with two out in the second, but Cano grounded out to end the inning.  With two out in the third Valencia and Dyson singled and Zunino hit a three-run homer, giving Seattle a 5-0 lead.  The Mariners put men on second and third with two out in the fourth, but Kyle Seager flied out to keep the score 5-0.

The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on solo homers by Escobar and Buxton, cutting the margin to 5-2.  In the sixth, Gamel reached on an error, Cano singled, and Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out.  Seager flied out, but Valencia singled to drive in a run and make it 6-2 Seattle.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Joe Mauer singled and Sano hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4.  But that was it.  The Twins did get the tying run on in both the eighth and the ninth.  With two out in the eighth Sano singled and Robbie Grossman walked, but Kennys Vargas struck out to end the inning.  In the ninth Jason Castro drew a one-out walk and Byron Buxton singled.  With two out, pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza and Buxton pulled off a double steal, meaning a hit to the outfield would tie the game.  Brian Dozier hit a fly ball to deep center, but it was caught and the game was over.

WP:  Sam Gaviglio (3-1).  LP:  Ervin Santana (8-4).  S:  Edwin Diaz (11).

Notes:  Eduardo Escobar was at shortstop in place of Jorge Polanco, who was apparently just being given a day off.

Neither starter pitched particularly well.  Santana pitched five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk and striking out five.  Gaviglio pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks and striking out five.

This was Diaz' first full season as a closer.  He had taken over from Steve Cishek in 2016.

Gaviglio joined the Mariners' rotation in mid-May.  He would stay there until mid-July.  He was waived and taken by Kansas City on September 1.

This was Santana's best season as a Twin and among the best of his career, although you can't tell it by this game.  He would end up 16-8, 3.28, 1.13 WHIP.

Three members of the Seattle starting lineup have Twins connections:  Cruz (DH), Valencia (1B), and Taylor Motter (SS).

Of Twins who played in this game, the batting average leader was Sano at .292.

Record:  The Twins were 33-29, first in the American League Central, two games ahead of Cleveland.  They would finish 85-77, second in the American League Central, but winning the wild card.

The Mariners were 33-34, in third place in the American League West, twelve games behind Houston.  They would finish 78-84, third in the American League West, twenty-three games behind Houston.

2017 Game 155: twins @ tigers

If the Twins win this evening, they'll match a win total that I would have, before the season began, considered a benchmark for a successful season.

They've done well - better than I would've expected, clearly - and have also been the benefactors of some crazy disparity in the AL (only five teams in the AL have records above .500. Considering that the AL has gone 156-137 in interleague play this season, it's not that there aren't a ton of wins to go around).

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2017 Game 150: Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees

As mentioned in today's CoC, we're hitting the final stretch of the regular season, which hopefully isn't also the final stretch of the Twins' season. 4 more series remain (@NYY, @DET, @CLE, DET), and we start off with a chance to cut into NY's hold on the first WC slot (currently at 4.0 games).

Also, this will be a test for the Twins as they're currently looking at a one game playoff in NY. As history has shown, the combination of the Yankees, playoffs, and the Twinkies does not bode well. Hopefully this series will be a chance to work through some issues in advance.

Santana faces off against Twins cast-off Garcia, who may feel he has something to prove.

Game 100: Brooklyn Dodgers at Los Angeles Senators

Los Angeles Senators

Celebrating 70 Years of Baseball in the City of Angels

All credit to "Tom" over at Ghosts of DC.

Griffith declared he has assurances from Los Angeles officials that a written proposal for transfer of the Washington franchise would be forthcoming before the Nats 5-man board of directors meets on Friday.
“I am sure we will have a Los Angeles offer to consider in addition to those received from San Francisco and Louisville,” Griffith said. “That is the word I received by telephone from Kenneth Hahn, Los Angeles county supervisor.”

Included in the Los Angeles proposal, Griffith said, would be guarantees of a stadium seating “at least 50,000, perhaps larger, with parking for 20,000 cars, and low stadium rental.”

The Louisville proposal offering use of the new Fairgrounds Stadium seating nearly 32,000, which could be expanded to 40,000, was made, Griffith said, by William Henry, Fairgrounds superintendent. It was accompanied by a letter from Kentucky Governor A. B. (Happy) Chandler.
The mayor of San Francisco authorized that city’s bid for the Washington franchise, Griffith said. It emphasized the availability of a $5 million bond issue, already passed, into which to build a stadium for the stipulated purpose of inviting major league baseball.

The negotiations and bidding war was heating up (by the way, Happy Chandler was also the former commissioner of Major League Baseball and a U.S. Senator). On Wednesday, October 17th, the Post reported the official offer received by the team.

Los Angeles officials yesterday telegraphed Calvin Griffith an offer of a new $11,000,000 stadium and appropriated $2,000,000 with which to buy out their minor league franchise in a new move to lure his Washington team to that city.

Griffith said he was disappointed at the County Board’s failure to spell out its proposal in complete detail for submission to the Friday meeting of the Washington Club’s board of directors.
“I’m not going out there to work out any plans,” said Griffith, president of the Washington club. “They are the ones seeking a franchise. We’re not.”

Griffith was non-commital on the question as to whether construction of a new, municipal stadium in Washington would be sufficient to keep the Nats in the Capital. “We’ll answer that question and a lot of others on Friday.”

The good news, albeit temporary, was that Griffith didn’t like the deal offered by Los Angeles. He ended up passing that year and the Senators would stay in Washington for the 1957 season.

After the 1957 season, L.A. successfully lured the Dodgers from Brooklyn with San Francisco pulling in their rival Giants. The Senators lost their negotiating position slightly and rebuffed an attempt by Minneapolis to bring them to town for the 1958 season.

Major League Baseball expanded after the 1960 season by adding a new franchise in Minneapolis. Still stuck in D.C. with an old stadium and lagging attendance, Calvin requested that his team swap with the new expansion team. The Senators would become the Minnesota Twins and Washington would get a new, even crappier Senators team, complete with a roster of unrecognizable players. The Twins would go on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1965 World Series.

Maybe alternate history helps the current iteration of the club salvage a win & avoid a sweep. We'll see what Erv has for them tonight.

"With Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a lower back strain, manager Dave Roberts will insert righty Brock Stewart into the Dodgers' starting rotation."

"Stewart, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Dodgers' No. 10 prospect, will make his first start this season on Wednesday against the Twins..."


Game 90: twins @ astros

Well, our welcome to the second half of the baseball season didn't go so well. Let's try this again.

The Twins get a rough draw to open up the second half, facing the devastating Astros, the always dangerous Yankees, and the team with the actual best record in baseball (the Dodgers) in rapid succession. If we're still even talking about wild cards and playoffs after July 26th, then either this stretch of games will have been a huge success, or Cleveland's will have been an unmitigated disaster.

Tonight, the Twins send All Star Ervin Santana out against Joe Musgrave. Santana had a solid start the last time he faced Houston, but then again, his ERA since that start has been 5.19, so who knows? The Twins are going to need a good start from him.